Politics Could Scuttle America’s New Icebreakers


The U.S. Coast Guard is on the cusp of finally acquiring new icebreakers, 42 years after commissioning its only current heavy icebreaker. But politically-motivated maneuvers in the U.S. House of Representatives could scuttle the long-in-works shipbuilding effort. As of... Read more

The U.S. Navy’s New Carrier Drone Borrows 1970s Stealth


The U.S. Navy’s new MQ-25 Stingray aerial-refueling drone bears an uncanny resemblance to an... Read more

Tijuana’s Morgue Is Overflowing

Forensic authorities in Tijuana are overwhelmed by an unprecedented wave of violence. Buried in... Read more

F-35 Program Still Cutting Corners to ‘Complete’ Development


Officials in the F-35 Joint Program Office are making paper reclassifications of potentially life-threatening... Read more

A Tsunami Devastated Japan’s Souped-Up F-16s


In the 1980s, Japan phased in its first domestic jet fighter to enter operational... Read more
The Lithium Blues—Or How America Triggered an Out-of-Control Nuke
This story originally appeared on March 17, 2014. You know lithium as the stuff that powers your iPhone, but...
Vets With PTSD Save the Day in ‘The Predator’

Vets With PTSD Save the Day in ‘The Predator’

Face it. All Predator movies are bad. That doesn’t mean I don’t love me some Predator. I’ll never get...

Nuking the Aleutians

Nuking the Aleutians

This story originally approved on Oct. 5, 2014. On Nov. 6, 1971, the United States conducted its most powerful...

Hurricane Maria Killed as Many American Citizens as 9/11 Did

Hurricane Maria Killed as Many American Citizens as 9/11 Did

On Aug. 28, 2018, the Milken Institute School of Public Health released a study concluding with 95-percent confidence that...

The U.S. Navy Tried to Create a Far-Out Seaplane Strike Force

The U.S. Navy Tried to Create a Far-Out Seaplane Strike Force

This story originally appeared on March 1, 2015. After World War II, the U.S. Navy found itself in uncertain...

Yemen’s Descent Into Hell

Yemen’s Descent Into Hell

It’s the war from Hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with seven...

The SLAM Missile Would Have Been a Flying Chernobyl

The SLAM Missile Would Have Been a Flying Chernobyl

This story originally appeared on Sept. 7, 2014. It was the perfect airborne death machine—a supersonic drone of nearly...

From Peace to Armageddon

From Peace to Armageddon

When I first traveled to Israel-Palestine in 1994, during the heady early days of the Oslo peace process, I...

Space Marines With Jetpacks!

Space Marines With Jetpacks!

This story originally appeared on March 22, 2015. In the early Space Age, everything seemed possible — no matter...

Politics Could Scuttle America’s New Icebreakers

Politics Could Scuttle America’s New Icebreakers

The U.S. Coast Guard is on the cusp of finally acquiring new icebreakers, 42 years after commissioning its only...

Disarming an Atomic Bomb Is the Worst Job in the World

Disarming an Atomic Bomb Is the Worst Job in the World

This story originally appeared on April 5, 2015. In the spring of 1952, the U.S. government tested tactical nuclear...

‘The ‘Stan’ Is a Collection of Short Comics About a Long War

‘The ‘Stan’ Is a Collection of Short Comics About a Long War

There was a time, around 2013 or so, that I secretly worried that the Afghanistan war might end. Yeah,...

‘Peppermint’ Is the Shittiest Punisher Movie I’ve Ever Seen

‘Peppermint’ Is the Shittiest Punisher Movie I’ve Ever Seen

In 2012, Thomas Jane starred in Dirty Laundry—a 10-minute short film where he played Frank Castle, the Punisher, and...

After Donald Trump

After Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year or another 16 months. ...

Go to War With a U.S. Army Medic in ‘Machete Squad’

Go to War With a U.S. Army Medic in ‘Machete Squad’

“Though rough around the edges, this episodic tale of military life has a gritty honesty, like a guy at...

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